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Architectural Digest April 2017

Architectural Digest is the world's foremost design authority, showcasing the work of top architects and interior decorators. It continues to set new benchmarks for how to live well—what to buy, what to see and do, where to travel, and who to watch on the fast-paced, multifaceted global design scene.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Conde Nast US
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11 Issues

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editor’s letter

“Always, always in life, the thing is the future.” —Mrs. Henry Parish II, a.k.a. “Sister Parish” The April issue of Architectural Digest has long been devoted to the theme of Designers’ Own Homes—a welcome chance for readers to glimpse what the pros do for themselves when there are no clients to consider. This month, we pay visits to, among others, the boldly unconventional Ashley Hicks, son of hugely influential English designer David Hicks, and to the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the legendary decorator Sister Parish, who keep her signature style alive in their cozy family house. The issue’s theme, along with so many other concepts, originated with the great editor Paige Rense, who refined and ruled this publication for an impressive four decades, starting in the 1970s. Architectural Digest, known as…

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ahead of the curve

As Vladimir Kagan’s clients began buying Abstract Expressionist paintings in the 1950s, the Manhattan furniture designer saw a gap in the market: sofas for viewing art. He envisioned free-floating seats that would avoid the linear norm. “We don’t all have to sit like birds on a telephone wire,” he once quipped. Thanks to material innovations such as rubber strapping and foam, Kagan came up with undulating solutions. An instant favorite with New York’s glitterati was the stunning Serpentine sofa, which provided a 360-degree viewpoint and casters that made it easy to move. “It’s perfect set in the middle of an all-glass apartment or in a gallery for looking at paintings,” says interior designer Tony Ingrao, who recently bought at auction a small Serpentine model that had belonged to actress Grace Kelly. He…

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david hadjer

SPECIALTY: A third-generation dealer, David Hadjer is a specialist in tapestries and rugs from the 16th century to the present, with a penchant for designs by 20th-century fine artists. HIS FAVORITES: Pablo Picasso, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, and Victor Vasarely. HUNTING: “More textile works by Picasso.” RARE FIND: A Calder tapestry from 1971. “It’s significant for its monumental size—66 by 96 inches—and its blend of wool and silk. Calder usually worked just in wool.” AUTHENTICITY TEST: “There are many fake pieces on the market, especially Calders. Always examine the bolduc, the label stitched on the back of a tapestry or rug. If there is none, look for a signature—Calder’s were usually on the front.” KEY MANUFACTURERS: Yvette Cauquil- Prince (Chagall, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger), Tabard Frères et Soeurs (Vasarely, Josef Albers),…

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southern comfort

THE BEST IN SHOPPING, DESIGN, AND STYLE DISCOVERIES at home with I needed that place where I could drink endless cups of tea,” says model and musician Karen Elson of the newest addition to her Nashville home—an elegant boudoir. Born from her love for an irreverent wallpaper by illustrator Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (“it wasn’t exactly appropriate for the sitting room,” she says with a laugh), Elson’s latest decorating project turned an underutilized home office into a spot of solitude. “Now it’s the most glamorous room in the house,” she says of the space, realized with the help of designer friends Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of Pierce & Ward. The dressing room, along with her bedroom and bath, serves as Elson’s sanctuary. “Silence is important for my creative process,” she explains (her second album…

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age of opulence

1. BAKER GEORGE III ORIENTAL LACQUER CABINET IN BESPOKE BLUE. 40.75" W. X 17.75" D. X 68" H.; $45,000. BAKERFURNITURE.COM 800-592-2537 2. MADELINE WEINRIB CAMILLA RUG IN PINK AND RED. 9' L. X 6' W.; $3,000. MADELINEWEINRIB.COM 646-602-3780 3. CHRISTOPHER GUY SUMMER HARVEST MIRROR. 57" L. X 46" W.; $22,725. CHRISTOPHERGUY.COM 800-476-9505 4. LALIQUE TWO ANEMONES CRYSTAL PERFUME BOTTLE. 6" H. X 4" DIA.; $1,495. LALIQUE.COM 212-355-6550 5. TEMPLE ST. CLAIR 18K-GOLD RHINO RING IN AQUAMARINE, EMERALD, AND BLUE SAPPHIRE, SOLD WITH BOX IN MARBLE WITH AVENTURINE, MALACHITE, LAPIS LAZULI, AND JASPER; $75,000. TEMPLESTCLAIR.COM 212_219_8664 6. NATHAN ANTHONY FURNITURE SABINE SOFA BY TINA NICOLE. 101" W. X 38" D. X 30" H.; $10,000. NAFURNITURE.COM, 323-584-1315 7. JOY DE ROHAN CHABOT BRINDILLE HAND PAINTED WATER GLASS IN BLUE. 5" H.; $98. JOYDEROHANCHABOT.COM 1. LIZ MARSH DESIGNS EDEN GLASS DECOUPAGE LAMP. 20" H. X 7.5" DIA.; $1,800…

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pillow talk

Instagram evidence shows that guests at Claridge’s hotel in London are more apt than not to snap a picture of their plump bed pillow before resting their head on it. Why? The Frette linens come monogrammed with each visitor’s initials. The act of appreciating an old-world touch via new-age technology isn’t lost on Frette. Founded in 1860, the Italian company recently introduced a bespoke service, and while its storied archives include crests of Borromeos and Borgheses, no august pedigree is required these days. The service, which extends to bedding, table linens, and towels, offers a multitude of fabric and thread colors, lace borders, monograms, and motifs (more than one yacht has boats embroidered on its napery). In short, the sky is the limit: Want hand-painted fabric? Frette just might oblige. New York…

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